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November 25, 2019 / 10:34 PM IST

Maharashtra Government Formation highlights: We are prepared for the floor test, says Sharad Pawar at tri-party show of strength

Live updates of the political developments in Maharashtra. The Supreme Court has reserved its order for 10.30 am tomorrow

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Sunday told the Supreme Court that Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should be directed to prove majority today itself or they be given an opportunity to form the government led by Uddhav Thackeray.

The combine claimed that they have the numbers to prove a majority in the House and that the governor's decision to invite Fadnavis was "unconstitutional"

and "mala fide".

The post-poll alliance also questioned the manner in which President's rule was revoked at 5.17 am on the recommendation of the governor.

A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said the petitioners have not challenged the withdrawal of the proclamation in their plea.

The bench, also comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna, was told by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for the Sena that "the only thing the court can now do" is order for a floor test.

Detailing the sequence of events, Sibal said that the pre-poll alliance of BJP-Shiv Sena broke down after the declaration of election result and the current situation involves a post-poll alliance of three parties Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress which were holding deliberation on government formations.

To this, the bench told Rohatgi, "It is the discretion of the Chief Justice of India. We have been nominated by the CJI to hear this matter and that is why we are hearing it".

Rohatgi strongly objected to one the prayers in the petition which sought the direction to the governor to invite the combine to form government and said, "They don't have any documents with them. Their petition is without any annexure. What kind of prayer is this?".

To this, Justice Ramana observed, "Nowadays, in this court sky is the limit. Anyone can ask for anything in the court".

The bench then observed that it was not aware of the orders or communications of the governor.

Rohatgi said that the court should give them two-three days time to place the relevant documents on record.

Rohatgi said time must be given to file appropriate replies and affidavits on their petition and "we should be allowed to spend our rest of Sunday in peace".

Senior advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the NCP and the Congress, contended that a governor, before inviting anybody to form government, is obliged to satisfy himself on three grounds -- satisfaction based on written documents, written documents with signatures of MLAs and their physical verification.

He said that the NCP had held a meeting yesterday at 3.30 pm in which Ajit Pawar was removed as the legislative party leader and a resolution was signed by 41 MLAs.

While insisting on immediate floor test, Singhvi referred to an earlier apex court verdict and said it was necessary to prevent horse trading.
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  • November 25, 2019 / 08:02 PM IST

    Sharad Pawar: We are prepared for the floor test, any day that the SC orders it. I take responsbility for every MLA, I assure you that nothing will happen to you. 

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  • November 25, 2019 / 07:57 PM IST

    Sharad Pawar: They have formed government in the wrong manner. In Maharashtra, out of 288 Assembly seats, we have 162. It is our responsibility to give a stable government to Maharashtra.